This interim progress report summarizes the implementation progress since the endorsement of the Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change in 2008 and outlines directions for the remaining period. It highlights the strengthening of the operational links between climate adaptation and disaster risk management in response to client priorities and in recognition of the perception of risk reduction and risk transfer options as integral to national climate adaptation programs.
The report also highlights the financing of disaster risk reduction programs that build adaptive capacities in its 20 priority countries as a first line of defence in adapting to climate change, and presents the Climate Resilient Cities program, which combines climate change adaptation and disaster risk management at the city level. Looking forward, the report calls for a stronger emphasis on vulnerability assessments, linking experience in disaster preparedness with addressing longer-term climate risks and enhancing linkages with human development and social protection as important forms of adaptation, as well as for the integration of the adaptation and disaster risk management agenda, particularly management of floods, droughts, and coastal storms, as a key element in climate resilience.
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